Gut flora influences HIV immune response

13 agosto 2014

Normal microorganisms in the intestines appear to play a pivotal role in how the HIV virus foils a successful attack from the body’s immune system, according to new research. «Gut flora keeps us all healthy by helping the immune system develop, and by stimulating a group of immune cells that keep bacteria in check,» said the study’s senior author. «But this research shows that antibodies that react to bacteria also cross-react to the HIV envelope.»